“I'll Squeeze It In”: Transforming Preservice Classroom Teachers' Perceptions Toward Movement Integration in Schools

Sep. 01, 2013

Source: Action in Teacher Education, Volume 35, Issue 4, 2013, pages 286-300

This study examines preservice classroom teachers (PCTs) personal health behaviors and perceived barriers toward movement integration (MI) in schools.

The preservice teachers participated in a program titled Physical Education Programming Infusion (PEPI), which required science methods course.
Thirty-two PCTs participated in the 30-minute weekly PEPI for one semester. Interviews were conducted with 10 PCTs at the end of the PEPI.

The findings reveal that the PCTs became more aware of and made changes to their lifestyles through participation in PEPI. Although PCTs perceived the presence of organizational barriers in implementing MI, they consistently believed in the benefits of MI. Helping PCTs to become aware of and make changes to their lifestyles will strengthen their beliefs as prospective agents of change in the health and well-being of their students.

Updated: Jun. 05, 2016